1939 Underwood Universal #F1220451
Created: 07-04-2018 at 12:27PM
Last Edit: 07-04-2018 at 12:28PM
This Underwood Universal came in for a regular service. The machine is in very good mechanical as well as cosmetic condition and types very well. Having used quite a few of these Universal models or their equivalent, I can conclude that they are robust little warriors that have inherited the sustainable design their grand siblings are so known for. These typewriters were manufactured in large quantities and are therefor still relatively common to come across.
There were various models produced and available during the reign of these models. Such as the Underwood Champion and the Underwood Leader which were all equivalents economically to this machine, most often fitted with less luxurious options and a somewhat degraded build-quality, but still relatively pleasant to use.
The common flaw these machines suffer from, especially after 80 years is that their rubber feet disintegrate to a point where a method has to be taken in order to prevent the mechanism from hitting the table. I decided using wine-bottle corks was an excellent temporary solution to something that I will advise the owner of perhaps investing in the future.
This typewriter was Canadian made, and has the notorious "Elliot Fisher" emblem on the side.
Hunter: Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters (venneburgtypewriters)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
This gallery represents the machines owned by good friends Dirk Plante and Sean Doole, who reside in British Columbia, Canada. Together they have established Venneburg Typewriters, a partnership that to date has seen over 400 typewriters since 2009. Here you will find the machines that are currently still in possession or that have come and gone since December 2017.
***As of July 2020, this collection now also represents pieces from the collection of Troy Krahn!
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Underwood Universal on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Underwood Serial Number page and the Underwood Universal By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.
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